The emphasis of the class is on scene study and scene analysis, and students typically work on scenes in two-week cycles. Students are assigned a scene partner and scene (usually from a TV show or movie) in advance of class, and have about one week to rehearse and prepare any necessary props and wardrobe. In the first class of the cycle, students present the “first work” of their scene. This “first work” is designed to simulate an on-set camera rehearsal, when actors run through the scene once, and then discuss the scene with the coach. Students take the coach’s feedback from this discussion into a second week of rehearsals. Then, in the second class of the cycle, students present the “second work” of their scene, which is designed to simulate performing the scene on a live set–the coach will stop and start the scene and give adjustments as the students work.
Because we recognize that no two actors are alike and that each actor is on his or her own individual journey to becoming an extraordinary actor, we tailor scene assignments and feedback to suit each actor’s needs, wherever they may be on their journey.
In addition to our usual scene study, we also regularly introduce new elements such as guest instructors, mock auditions, cold reads, and other exercises.